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St. Modwen Park Tamworth home to Euro Pool System’s first UK site

Euro Pool System – providers of reusable fresh produce packaging for leading grocers – occupies more than 49,000 sq ft of space at St. Modwen Park Tamworth, where it will wash close to 15 million foldable trays over the course of the next year.

Euro Pool System’s operations across Europe turnover €385 million annually. The firm delivers 1.3 billion trays across the continent every year and has 73 service centres across 18 countries – including its UK site in Tamworth.

Owing to the recent growth of the UK grocery sector, Euro Pool System required additional warehouse space in the UK to adhere to the firm’s very specific requirements.

The challenge

With Euro Pool System’s volume of work increasing exponentially, managing UK operations through local service providers and the support of washing sites in mainland Europe was no longer sustainable. The company also had clear expectations for further growth, and so the requirement for additional space in the UK became even more apparent.

Euro Pool System had several requirements for its new unit, which included; being well-located for both domestic and international flows, having the guarantee of plentiful utility supplies, and access to local labour pools to support its manual operations.

Alvaro Molina, Country Manager at Euro Pool System, said: “We needed to identify a very good logistical site that was well-located for our operations both domestically in the UK and across Europe. Having access to the national motorway network would also make it very convenient for our customers to come from other distribution centres and pick the trays up from our new location.

Alvaro was initially looking for a much bigger facility but was prepared to opt for a smaller warehouse in the hunt for the better availability of utilities.

He explained: “We use a lot of water, electricity and gas, so it was really important that we had that specification guaranteed. Not only for our tray wash operation but also for our potential growth. The availability of additional power and other utilities was crucial in our decision to relocate.”

As this was to be Euro Pool System’s first UK site, the company also needed access to a talented labour pool at this stage of the project, owing to the fact that an important part of its warehouse process is manual.

The solution

Euro Pool System opted to sign a 10-year lease for a high-quality 49,825 sq ft industrial and logistics unit at St. Modwen Park Tamworth, which met all its specification requirements.

The new-build unit, which forms part of Phase 1 of St. Modwen Park Tamworth, consists of 45,652 sq ft of warehouse space, 4,173 sq ft of office space, and a 40m yard. Additionally, the unit provides Euro Pool System with 2 level access doors and 3 dock level loading doors to ensure its logistics operation remains as efficient as possible.

The wider site is located adjacent to Junction 10 of the M42 motorway, placing Euro Pool System at the heart of the national motorway network, with a large labour pool of more than 1,273,000 workers within a 30-minute drive. Crucially, the unit also has access to a 140-kVA power supply.

“We did a very exhaustive benchmark of all the industrial and logistics buildings available in the Midlands for almost a year, and for our specification operation it was really difficult to find the right building, with the right layout, for our specification.

We had a requirement for well-located, high-quality space and we’ve now found that at St. Modwen Park Tamworth. Based on our experience, I would definitely recommend any company in the retail or logistics sector to work with St. Modwen Industrial & Logistics.”

Alvaro Molina, Country Manager at Euro Pool System

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